AKU’s Institute for Human Development (IHD) led the mental health aspect of the programme, which provided mental health support to youth and engaged with schools to raise awareness. In Kenya, IHD partnered with CSOs to deliver a mental health literacy course in 15 schools, reaching 2,828 youth. Following the course, youth demonstrated renewed attitudes towards mental health. Their overall wellbeing showed positive changes, with reduced rates of depression and anxiety.
In collaboration with schools in Nairobi and Mombasa, IHD organised four impactful events to foster discussions around mental health among youth. These events featured talks, counselling support, drama skits, dance competitions, and games. During the programme, IHD also made valuable contributions to the scientific community by publishing research papers on mental health interventions for youth and presenting their work at renowned conferences in Kenya and France.
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A lasting impact
The AKDN East Africa COVID-19 Response Programme took a holistic approach, nurturing sustainable solutions that would benefit communities long after the pandemic was over. Over the programme’s two-year timeline, the needs of Eastern Africa’s communities shifted, and in turn, AKF and our partners adapted our response to support them.
Together, we focused on enabling communities to rebuild local economies and fortify existing systems against future crises. From community health workers better able to respond to patient emergencies to youth equipped with skills to launch and sustain new businesses, thousands of people across Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique and Tanzania now embody the lasting impact of this programme, leading their communities towards a more resilient future.
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